2018 HK Inline Cup, CHG Intern Program + Upcoming Events

2018 HK Inline Cup
HONG KONG – Thursday, November 22nd, 2018

– Written by The Enigma
The Hong Kong Inline Cup returned after a 2-year absence, this time backed by the Hong Kong Federation of Roller Sports (HKFRS), subvented by the Home Affairs Bureau Arts & Sports Development Fund. The event was also supported by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD), and managed by Powerplay Sports & Entertainment.

The tournament started on the 22nd of November and ran through to the 24th of November, consisting of 12 teams with participants from Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Shunde, Macau Taiwan and Thailand. A total of 24 exciting games were played over the three day tournament, with 4 major winners in their respective divsions (U10, U12, Division 1 and Division 2).

The Under-10 Division went to the young guns from the Taiwan Mustangs team; while the Under-12 Division championship was won by the Victoria Roller Sport team from Hong Kong. Taking home the Division 2 title were the Pika Lightening with their bold Pikachu themed jerseys, and a group of players who mainly hailed from Shenzhen and Shunde.

The featured match of the tournament saw the Division 1 Final played out between the GC Thunder (with players mainly from Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Macau) and the HKIC Dragons (Hong Kong). HKIC managed to jump to a 3-1 lead in the game, but GC Thunder managed to mount a big comeback and finish the game 8-4 winners. Marco Yan of Hong Kong led the GC Thunder to their championship win, picking up the Tournament MVP title in the process.

Tournament Director Keith Fong had this to say about the tournament: “We are excited to be on board and help grow the game in Hong Kong and Asia. The HKIC will be one of the main tournaments for inline hockey in this region for years to come”. Fong also serves as a Director on the Inline Hockey Sub-Committee under the Hong Kong Federation of Roller Sports.Champions:GC Thunder – Division 1Pika Lightening – Division 2Victoria Roller Sport – Under-12Taiwan Mustangs – Under-10For all the results and stats, please visit www.hkinlinehockey.com 

Plans for the 2019 Inline Cup are already underway, with an expanded tournament taking place over two weekends. Youth Divisions will be held November 20th to 23rd 2019, while the Adult divisions will take place from the 27th to 30th of November 2019.

Special thanks goes out to the HKFRS, LCSD, Home Affairs Bureau, game officials, staff and Daryl Wong. We also greatly appreciate the support from ONYX, SWOT, TC Sports and all the teams that participated in a successful tournament.
CHG Intern Program
The China Hockey Group Intern Program allows recent university graduates to play, coach, and work in one of the world’s most dynamic cities – Hong Kong. One of the main objectives of the program is to help develop hockey in Hong Kong and China. The program has been immensely successful with just over half of its participants choosing to remain in Hong Kong since its inception in 2012. Successful applicants are paired with a company based on their degree to gain valuable work experience. Some of the companies that participate in the program include DZ Bank, Sidewinder Capital, Inetasia, and a sports management role within the China Hockey Group itself.

Interns are provided accommodation for the 32 week contract which runs from September until the end of April. Each play on a China Ice Hockey League (CIHL) team, the region’s elite contact hockey league, and instruct the Junior Tigers youth hockey and skating programs. For the 2018 – 2019 season, the CHG selected four applicants to be a part of their Intern Program. This year’s participants are Steven Johnston (Dalhousie University), David Belluche (Middlebury College), Matthew Gaetz (Connecticut College), and the first referee intern, Marc Benedetti (CIS, OJHL).

2018 – 2019: Steven Johnston (Macau Aces), David Belluche (Kowloon Warriors), Matthew Gaetz (Hong Kong Tycoons), Marc Benedetti (Referee)
2017 – 2018: Ben MacAskill (current South China Sharks), David Sargent
2016 – 2017: Liam Moorfield-Yee (current Macau Aces), Brad Holman, Ron Fishman
2015 – 2016: Lucas Eshleman (current Hong Kong Tycoons), Kirk Golden, Patrick Henderson
2014 – 2015: Jeff Ceccacci (current Macau Aces), Whitney Olsen (current Macau Aces)
2013 – 2014: Jordan So (current South China Sharks), Christian Long
2012 – 2013: Devin Welsh (current Kowloon Warriors), Adam Maglio

The CHG Intern Program is one of the most unique experiences a hockey player can be a part of after receiving a post-secondary degree. The CHG is currently accepting applications for the 2019-2020 season. Instructions on how to apply can be found at www.cihl.com under the ‘Internship’ drop down menu.

For more information on CIHL including standings, league schedule, and how to get tickets, visit www.cihl.com or check out the Facebook page.